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Thanks Dad (Robin Williams) Love, Zelda, Cody & Zachary

By Louie b. Free (Contact)

Published August 12, 2014

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"Louie, I was surprised to hear your cruel commentary on Robin Williams  on your show this morning..." ----this was from a listener's email.

I opened the show today, talking about Robin Williams, well, I began with my frustration with the media, last night and this morning. Last night(11Aug) I watched NHK News , hey, i like watching NHK, but, .... with the turmoil from New Orleans to Missouri, the west on fire, the war in Warren, Ohio to Israel and Iraq, HSUS's Corey Roscoe in Paradise... I wanted some NEWS, not sad clowns and Peter Pan (btw, I loved that film, btw,  I was Oak 'top of the Hill's Peter Pan in the very early 70's). The Angel Bunny on my shoulder whispered in my ear "...Robin Williams is/was a cultural icon" . I understand that, but what he did was vicious and selfish.

With suicide , one says" I've got this load of crap  on my back, I'm gonna lay it on you and I'm gonna split, you carry it...for the rest of your life"

What I've learned: Robin Williams has/had three children,three children that he's cursed, cursed with always wondering, always pained  with questions "What did I miss? What didn't I do? What didn't I say? What should I have done? How could I have helped dad?" Why didn't I do more? Why did dad do this to ME?... and many more questions, questions without answers....EVER. They'll be plagued with painful questions that will NEVER be answered. 

Robin's gone but his children's pain will never be gone, not gone completely . Yes, they'll find some way or ways to deal with the pain , and I shudder to think of what some of those ways might be. I sincerely hope they'll find some level of peace...some way to lighten the weight of the cross they'll bear, the cross their father laid on their shoulders. Robin's pain is gone, at least in this world, his children's worst pain has just begun... 


1pgurney(296 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I must confess, Louie, that I was quite taken aback, and offended, by your comments this morning as well. I just couldn't believe that the kind-hearted man I know, could be so mean.

You see, I'm diagnosed with clinical depression, and have tried several times, throughout my life, to commit suicide. I can tell you that the person who does this is suffering, and suffering DEEPLY, terribly. They are so far down a deep dark hole, and see no way out. They are in SO much pain, that no, they do not think about what they are doing to others, what the aftermath of their actions will be, what kind of pain they will leave behind for their loved ones. They have tunnel vision in that moment. They desperately need to end their OWN pain, right or wrong. I have been there. I know that moment only too well.

So yes, I was hurt by your comments. Deeply. And I'm sure that if there was anyone else listening to you who has been in that moment where nothing and no one mattered except ending the dark pain, that they were hurt as well. It pained me to have to turn you off, but I did.

Yes it is your show, and you have the constitutional right to voice your opinions. And I have the right to decide whether or not to let your opinions hurt me. And today, the answer was NO.

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2laurelthevoice(19 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Louie I was unable to listen to your show the day of your comment on Robin Williams but I can honestly say I would not have been hurt or turned your show off. You could not be more correct in your feelings as I have lost two friends recently within a six month period to suicide. There have been others in the past who I still agonize over wondering what I could have done or said to make things better so it would not have happened. One was a man who was like the brother I never had and wanted and the thought of what I have gone through to this day makes me tear up as I am writing this. I talked to him shortly before he put a gun to his head and can still see him in his hospital bed before he died. Depression can make one think of doing things to end the pain but it is selfish and I for one will not put that on my family and friends no matter what. I truly feel for Robin Williams family, friends and fans, but mostly his children.

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3peggygurney(408 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Yet even his children have loudly expressed anger at those who have called their father selfish and a coward.

Of course they will always wonder if there was something they could have done or said to help him. That is human nature, just as me wishing I had talked to my grandmother the night before she died, or wishing I had told my friend how much he meant to me before he died in a car accident.

If you look at the flip side, calling someone a coward or selfish, because of how much "I" agonize, how much "I" hurt, due to their actions is just as selfish. The man took the only avenue he felt was left to him to end his pain.

If his own kids can understand that, who the hell are we to judge him? I for one, pray that he has found the peace that eluded him here.

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4questionreality(734 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

'Only in the service of the Will is there perfect freedom.' -Chris Hyatt / Undoing Yourself

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